Album launch: Elbow Room by Danny Diamond

Join us in The Cobblestone on Thursday 26th October for the launch of Elbow Room, the new solo album from fiddle player Danny Diamond. The album will be launched by poet Tom French, and the night will feature contributions from guests including Slow Moving Clouds and Helen Diamond. Admission to the event is free and CD copies of the new album will be available, priced at €10.00. More information: “Seldom does a musician utterly inhabit a tradition while still expressing him or herself with such originality” Siobhán Long, The Irish Times. Introducing Elbow Room, the new solo album from Danny Diamond, fiddle player with the Irish-Nordic band Slow Moving Clouds. Elbow Room showcases ten fiddle solos, split between new compositions and solo arrangements of traditional tunes.. Diamond’s music draws deeply on the rich lineage of Irish traditional music for inspiration, while in parallel reaching out to find new connections with other art forms. Poetry and contemporary dance in particular have inspired many of the new compositions on this recording. Echoes of other traditions such as American old-time and Baroque string music can also clearly be heard in Diamond’s distinctively personal and expressive playing style, as can the influence of the great Dublin fiddle player Tommie Potts. This recording follows Diamond’s recent work with Slow Moving Clouds, which includes collaborations with Bryce Dessner and The National (Sounds from a Safe Harbour, 2017); along with creating and performing the score for Michael Keegan-Dolan’s acclaimed dance theatre piece Swan Lake / Loch na hEala (Best Production, Irish Theatre Awards 2017), which is currently touring internationally. Elbow Room incorporates music created and arranged for What To Bring When We Leave (2017), a collaboration with poet Tom French, commissioned by Solstice Arts Centre, Navan. It also builds on Diamond’s recent fiddle projects- his solo debut Fiddle Music (2014), his fiddle duo with Conor Caldwell NORTH (2016...

Kern at the Cobblestone

Kern return as part of their Autumn tour to the legendary Cobblestone Pub in the heart of Dublin City

Emma Lohan & Anna Mullarkey

This autumn sees the launch of two exciting new Galway artists Emma Lohan and Anna Mullarkey as they embark on The Black Atlantic Tour. Lohan, based in London, in preparation for releasing her debut album Black Atlantic has teamed up with Mullarkey to launch their distinctive sounds to new audiences across the UK and Ireland. Atlantic-folk meets electro-pop in this unusual but astoundingly complimentary pairing for a night of nostalgia and beautifully unique music. Backed by a stellar 6-piece band comprised of horns, strings, synths, percussion and Gregory Sanders-Gallego on lead guitar; Lohan’s natural, carefree approach to performance is infectious, putting people at ease to let go and enjoy the moment. To experience Black Atlantic live is to be taken on a whirlwind musical trip that embraces her audience from the first note. With upbeat guitar licks, rich harmonies, honest lyrics and beautiful arrangements Lohan invites her audience to forget everything and just dance… and they usually do! emmalohan.com youtube.com Anna Mullarkey brings her new electronic project to the stage. Her music is a fusion of multiple genres with roots in folk, jazz and minimalism. Anna has been touring and composing with My Fellow Sponges for the past five years whilst also composing soundtracks for multiple documentaries. Her current project explores dance music as a solo performance artist intertwining retro synthesizers with a modern house edge. To mark the launch of The Black Atlantic Tour, Mullarkey and Lohan will both release a single from their forthcoming albums. Baby Dragon, Anna’s first solo release is a heartfelt track written on piano with a blend of electronics giving it an underwater disco feel. Lohan’s Wander Free, her second offering from Black Atlantic, takes you on a nostalgic dream, a laidback soundscape across the Irish Sea. “Emma Lohan’s sounds comes with beautifully ghostly swirls and elegant, sweet harmonies underneath the...

Traditional singing - Smithfield, Dublin 7

The Night Before Larry Got Stretched is a traditional singing session run by a collective of young singers with an emphasis on encouraging singers of all ages to come together to share songs. It takes place in The Backroom of The Cobblestone on the first Sunday of every month (except July & August) from 9pm. Free. Supported by Arts Council Ireland. thenightbeforelarrygotstretched.wordpress.com ~~ Note to Organisers: If you welcome visiting singers, and free Event Listings for your sessions on SongMaps, please send details to songcentral1@gmail.com (including any Contact/Web info.) Yours in singing, Al Stout, Song Central

Frankie Gavin with Ruairi McGorman

Legendary fiddle player Frankie Gavin plays the Backroom of The Cobblestone Pub in Smithfield, Dublin for 1 night only on Friday 10th November at 8:30pm **sharp**. He will be accompanied by renowned Bouzouki player Ruairí McGorman on the night. Entry: €20 Concessions: €15 Family Entry: €50 *Arrive early to avoid disappointment!* Frankie Gavin: Frankie Gavin was born in 1956 in Corrandulla, County Galway, from a musical family; his parents and siblings being players of the fiddle and accordion. As a child he played the tin whistle from the age of four and, later, the flute. He received some formal training in music, but his musical ability on the fiddle is mainly self-taught. When 17 years old, he gained first place in both the All Ireland Under-18 Fiddle and Flute competitions. In the early 1970s Gavin played musical sessions at Galway's Cellar Bar, with Alec Finn (bouzouki, guitar), Mickey Finn (fiddle), Charlie Piggott (banjo), and Johnnie (Ringo) McDonagh (bodhrán). In 1974, from these and further sessions, he founded the group De Dannan with Alec Finn and went on to perform all over the world. Over the years Gavin has recorded many classic albums including 'Omos do Joe Cooley' with Paul Brock and Charlie Lennon and many more. He has also played and recorded with Andy Irvine, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, Stéphane Grappelli, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and in 2010 became reputedly the fastest fiddle-player in the world, with an entry in the Guinness Book of Records. Ruairí McGorman: Ruairi McGorman is an established Greek bouzouki & fiddle player from Ratoath in County Meath. Growing up in a musical family, Ruairi was exposed to traditional music from a very young age, with his mother being flute player Catherine McEvoy and his entire family being accomplished musicians. After obtaining a BA in Journalism from Dublin City University, Ruairi moved to Australia where he taught traditional music for ‘The Gaelic Club’ in Sydney and performed at various...

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